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White Squill {HBW}

Scilla (squill) is a genus of bulb-forming perennial herbs in the Hyacinthaceae. The 90-odd species are found in woodlands, subalpine meadows, and seashores across the Old World. Their flowers are usually blue, but white, pink, and purple types are known; most flower in early spring, but a few are autumn-flowering. This White Squill was photographed on my windowsill.

 

White Squill has the Latin name Scilla Mischtschenkoana, but is most commonly distributed as S. Tubergeniana, as though that were its species name. It is not a cultivar, but is a wildflower of Iran and southern Russia. 'Tubergeniana' is nevertheless a popular nickname, to make up for an unpronounceable Latin name. The nickname is after the Dutch bulb company Van Tubergen, which introduced this species to western gardens in 1936.

 

Happy Bokeh Wednesday and Whispery White Wednesday =)

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Taken on February 8, 2009